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Impact of Relationship Breakdown on Children During the Christmas Period

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No matter when it happens, divorce is a stressful, emotional and scary time for the children of separating parents. Children, especially young ones will be unaware of the nuances and idiosyncrasies of marriage, so when their parents’ marriage breaks down, it is likely to totally blindside them. Although Christmas is often considered the most favourite time of year amongst children, the impact of a divorce can prevent their enjoyment over the festive period. In this piece, we’re going to detail how divorced parents can help make Christmas as enjoyable as possible for their children. Custody at Christmas Depending on the age…

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2010 vs 2016: How families and households are changing in the UK?

A recent survey by the Office for National Statistics has highlighted ways in which UK ‘family types’ are changing, in particular that the number of unmarried, cohabiting couples is continuing to rise. The survey encompassed 18.9 million families, and a number of the statistics are detailed in this handy infographic from Goodwins Family Law Solicitors.   All Families The total number of families has increased to 18.9 million from 18.1 million in 2010, an increase of over 800,000. ‘Family’, in this instance, is defined by Webster’s Law Dictionary as “a group of individuals who share ties of blood, marriage or adoption;…

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Changes to the Children’s and Families Act – April 2014

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In 2011, the Family Justice Review analysed the family justice system and made several recommendations to areas that needed reform. Single Family Court One such area that was subject to reform was The Family Court. The Family Court has jurisdiction over all family proceedings, as set out in section 31a of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984. Until the reforms, family legal proceedings were heard by both magistrates’ courts and also county courts, under separate jurisdictions. The changes have now removed the separate jurisdiction, creating a single family court that allocates cases to judges with appropriate levels of seniority. The…

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Guide to Leave to Remove Applications

A Leave to Remove application is where a parent or main carer of a child or children asks for the court’s permission to leave the area of this jurisdiction i.e. England and Wales with the children to live abroad on a permanent basis. In the event that the parents are unable to agree whether the relocation of the children should take place, a Leave to Remove decision will be made by the court. This guide to Leave to Remove applications will cover proceedings from both perspectives. First, let’s look at the basic principles included with a Leave to Remove application –…

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Child Custody: Essential Information

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If a couple feels that their marriage has broken down irreparably, then divorce is often the next step that they take in order to legally and formally dissolve the marriage. The length of the divorce process varies with each couple – some can be resolved quickly with minimal fuss, while others can become very protracted as each party tries to claim what they feel they are entitled to in the divorce.   However, there are some people who don’t get a say in what happens in a divorce, who are often left confused, upset and scared about what is happening –…

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What to Look for In a Family Law Practice

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When you’re choosing a family law practice to help you resolve any disputes you may have, there are a number of factors that you need to consider to ensure you get the best possible results. From accreditations to the amount of experience they have, everything is important when it comes to family legal matters. This article will inform you of some of the aspects you need to look for in your family law practice. Accreditations It is incredibly important that any family law practice you choose has the correct accreditation or accreditations for the area of law that you need it…

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Parental Responsibility Agreements Explained

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A Parental Responsibility Agreement was once a rare occurrence, with child custody rulings being commonplace in divorces involving children. Parental responsibility is automatically given to t he biological mother of the child, but not always given to the biological father. If the biological father was married to the biological mother at the time of the child’s birth, then he will have it. However if the mother agrees, then both parents can sign a Parental Responsibility Agreement. The agreement consists of the legal duties that a parent has to their child. If a parent does not apply for the agreement, then there…

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Divorce – the repercussions & considerations if children are involved

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Divorce can be a difficult and emotional time for everyone involved, and if you are parents, your child or children could be severely affected. It is therefore important to take steps towards helping your children understand and cope throughout this difficult time. The Effects Of Divorce On Children  In a report funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, it was found that children who experienced a divorce without proper support were “consistently associated with psychological distress in adulthood during [their] early 30s.” The report studied children of varying ages and backgrounds, and regardless of these factors it was found that…

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Understanding the rise in global family disputes

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The number of international family legal disputes dealt with in the UK has quadrupled within the last four years. The majority of these cases are attributed to a rise in child abduction, adoption and forced marriage. In addition to this there has been a sharp rise in legal disputes, 40% in 2013, between pare nts living in different countries. Lord Justice Thorpe, who co-wrote an annual report on the subject, states that the number was set to continue to rise due to the “globalisation, increasing movement of persons across borders, and the ever rising number of family units which are truly…

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Goodwins Family Law Solicitors Welcome Article

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Goodwins Family Law Solicitors are delighted to welcome you to our new blog. Here we will provide information and details of any special offers we may have on, internal developments within the firm, analysis of landmark or interesting cases and wider issues in the profession that may impact upon our clients. It will be a space designed to keep our clients informed about our operations, something we believe will have benefits for all. So check back here regularly for further details and updates, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team with any queries you may have.

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